Party Splits, Not Progressives

  title={Party Splits, Not Progressives},
  author={Jack Santucci},
  journal={American Politics Research},
  pages={494 - 526}
  • Jack Santucci
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • History
  • American Politics Research
The choice of proportional representation (PR) is rarely included in work on American local politics. Yet we have long known that 24 cities adopted the single transferable vote form of PR from 1915 to 1948. Breaking with a machine–reform dichotomy that dominates the PR historiography, I investigate two partisan hypotheses about PR’s origins. One concerns the emergence of third parties. A second involves splits in ruling parties. In at least 15 cases, PR choice involved an alliance of… 

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